Brewers owner says jobs of manager Ron Roenicke, GM Doug Melvin are safe “right now”

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Milwaukee is off to an MLB-worst 2-13 start after collapsing in the second half last season, but Brewers owner Mark Attanasio insists manager Ron Roenicke’s job is safe.

Right now, my examinations are focused on how to improve our performance on the field. Relative to me, I’m not looking at the manager or the general manager right now.

I know how bad we’ve played. But we’re 14 games into the season, and Ron didn’t give up two grand slams [Tuesday]. I think we have to kind of parse through it. Everybody needs to be accountable, but we have to look at what people are responsible for, and then hold them accountable for what they’re responsible for.

Injuries have hit the Brewers very had, especially with catcher Jonathan Lucroy and center fielder Carlos Gomez, but they’re now 13-38 in their last 51 games dating back to last season. That’s an amazing collapse considering they were 71-55 before all the losses started piling up.

It’s also worth noting that Attanasio exercised the 2016 option on Roenicke’s contract last month, removing the potential lame-duck status for a manager with a 337-326 (.508) record since taking over the job in 2011. Doug Melvin is one of the longest-tenured general managers in baseball, holding the job since 2003.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.